Big weekend

It's good to get the first one out of the way:

And just 12 seconds into the game, it felt like there just might be “life after love.” With Love’s family in the stands, Virginia scored right off the opening faceoff when Charlie Finnigan took a pass from Whit Hagerman and fired a shot past Towson goalie Mary Teeters.

The season-high crowd of 2,270 at Klockner erupted.

But it wasn’t until late in the second half that sixth-seeded Virginia was able to put away a feisty Towson squad. A goal by Finnigan with 1:58 to play gave UVa a hard-fought 14-12 victory.

With the win, Virginia (14-5) advanced to play No. 3 North Carolina next weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C..

“This was obviously much more than just a game today,” said Virginia coach Julie Myers. “Obviously, the last couple of weeks have been unfamiliar territory, but our players, our coaches, everybody surrounding our program — and even people who aren’t attached directly to our program — have been so strong and have really helped keep us hopeful, keep us together and keep us really focused.”

Virginia needed that focus. After jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead, No. 11 Towson responded by scoring five of the next six goals to take a 5-4 lead.

That story just doesn't stop being a heartbreaker. Glad the Hoos could focus long enough to win. Next up: UNC, next weekend.

Let's not forget that the men won in the first round, as well. They will play Stony Brook in round two.

UVa Lacrosse Murder

This has been one of the best springs the University of Virginia athletics department has ever experienced. That has all changed, and the University is now mourning one of its own:

George Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase had been the starting quarterback, an honor roll student and a lacrosse all-American at the renowned Landon School.

Yeardley Love, 22, of Baltimore County had been a four-year member of the lacrosse and field hockey teams at Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore.

At some point, they had a romantic relationship. But early Monday, Love was found dead inside her apartment, and a few hours later, Huguely was charged in her death.

The university community was grappling with Love's slaying. Members of the men's and women's lacrosse teams closed ranks and were keeping to themselves. But the rest of the campus was openly devastated by the news. "This death moves us to deep anguish for the loss of a student of uncommon talent and promise," U-Va. President John Casteen said.

I just can't imagine what the Love family is experiencing, and our thoughts go out to them. What a tragedy, in the midst of what should be a time of celebration, with NCAA tournaments and graduation right around the corner.

Sad. Just sad.